2022 Woodbury University Grad Selected for Prestigious Television Academy Internship

Melanie Mendoza-Lopez has been selected for the prestigious Television Academy Foundation Internship programShe is one of just 40 students chosen by Television Academy members from across the country for the 2022 Summer Program.   

Mendoza-Lopez is a 2022 graduate of Woodbury University in Burbank, CA, who majored in Filmmaking and minored in Animation. She is interning this summer in the Unscripted Development Department at Endemol Shine North America in North Hollywood, CA.  Endemol Shine is the production company behind such hit series as “Big Brother”, “MasterChef”, “LEGO Masters” and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

Born in Mexico, Mendoza-Lopez attended high school at the American School Foundation of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

Melanie Mendoza-Lopez

Mendoza-Lopez was selected by Television Academy members for the Foundation’s Diversity and Inclusion Unscripted Internship Program which provides full-time internships in Unscripted/Reality Television to students from low-income backgrounds who are attending college/university within Southern California. Students must demonstrate a commitment to promoting the voices and stories of underrepresented communities and increasing diversity and inclusion in the television industry to be eligible for the program.

“This internship means a lot to me,” said Mendoza-Lopez.  “It’s a huge step in the direction I want to take my career in. I moved from Mexico to the U.S. when I was 18 to pursue my dreams and it hasn’t been the easiest journey, but I am very thankful for everything that has led me here.”

“I am looking forward to having hands on experience in the industry and working with a lot of talented people,” said Mendoza-Lopez. “It would be pretty cool to be a part of creating a TV show that millions of people watch and love.”

The Foundation’s annual Internship Program provides eight-week, paid internships, at top Hollywood studios and production companies, to college students nationwide. The Internship Program also provides professional development sessions with leaders in the television industry and customized seminars covering personal brand building and navigating the job market ahead for participating students. Interns also become life-long members of the Foundation’s alumni family giving them access to events and networking opportunities as they build their careers in the industry.

2022 Television Academy Foundation interns (left to right) Grant Cotter, Melanie Mendoza-Lopez, and Manuel Diaz at the Television Academy Foundation intern Summer Networking Night on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for The Television Academy/AP Images)
About the Television Academy Foundation

Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs, such as The Interviews: An Oral History of Television Project, College Television Awards and SummitStudent Internship and Fellowship Programs, and the Faculty Conference, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Foundation.


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Last Updated on August 9, 2022. 

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